As a member of Leadership Intelligence’s Coaching Community, Ellen Waxman is an individual and team coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant working in leadership development and team effectiveness. Ellen works with individuals, teams and organizations to improve performance and increase impact. She is an expert coach specializing in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Possessing a unique combination of over two decades of public sector senior management and experience, Ellen works with organizations and teams to meet and surpass their objectives. Ellen knows that leadership development is all about making the best possible choices for the future and partners with individuals and organizations to discover those choices and to improve outcomes for their teams. A creative problem solver, Ellen takes a collaborative approach with her clients in tackling challenging issues. Ellen’s clients benefit from her almost 30 years experience as a senior executive and coach.
In addition to working with individuals, Ellen is a Corentus-trained Team Coach. Team coaching is a specialized discipline in which the coach works with a leader and, on behalf of the leader, with the leader’s team. The purpose of the coaching is to improve performance, effectiveness and cohesion in the team. Teams that have used team coaching report significant improvements in the pace of delivery of strategic change and particularly in bottom-line performance. While many teams work to develop operational excellence, most encounter barriers in communication, execution and trust – important elements which team coaching addresses.
Prior to establishing her coaching practice, Ellen was a senior leader in the Ontario Public Service and held several positions in a variety of social policy areas. Her most recent position was as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Community and Social Services. Many of her roles required Ellen to relate closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Ellen’s own leadership style resulted in high performance management teams and the top ten percent of employee engagement scores. She also acted for several years as an internal coach to Managers, Directors and Assistant Deputy Ministers.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Ellen knows that mental attitude is as crucial as hard skills in reaching the top of one’s game. Developing awareness and understanding that choices impact results is critical to success. Working with clients through a process of discovery, Ellen assists them to build insight, shift perspectives and achieve sustainable and meaningful change. In addition to her professional training and related experience, Ellen is also able to draw on her own personal experiences as a senior leader in the Ontario Public Service for over 20 years.
Ellen has a BA (Honor’s) from McGill University, a Master’s of Education from the University of Toronto, is an Associate Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation and is a Corentus-trained Team and Team Leader Coach.